Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is one of the most important B vitamins when it comes to basic processes of life. It’s also one of the less likely nutrient deficiencies in the average American diet. Without pantothenic acid, our body wouldn’t be able to use or store macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) as a source of energy. Our body also wouldn’t be able to produce hormones and therefore, our immune system would collapse and we would become extremely unwell. So, having pantothenic in our body enables us to break down macronutrients and create much needed energy.
D calcium pantothenate is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid and is sold as a supplement for those who need an extra boost. Pantothenic acid also contains a very important molecule, Coenzyme A (CoA) and it’s arguably one of the most important chemicals for the human body. Coenzyme plays an important role when it comes to metabolism and also allows carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to be burned as fuel sources. This is crucial and without pantothenic acid, we most probably wouldn’t exist.
8 foods that contain pantothenic acid
- Chicken liver
- Sunflower seeds
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Egg yolk
Because a lot of our food contains pantothenate acid (vitamin b5) it’s extremley rare to suffer from deficiency. However, if it does occur the form of irritability, fatigue, apathy, numbness, paresthesia, and muscle cramps.
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